Joris Laarman designs steel bridge 3D printed by robots

Dutch designer Joris Laarman has designed a pedestrian bridge for Amsterdam that will be 3D printed by robots ( slideshow).

The elaborate metal construction, that will cross a canal in the city that is Dutch, will be printed in situ by robotic arms. The place of the bridge will be announced shortly and end is set for 2017.

The versatile six-axis robots – which can rotate their arms along six distinct planes of movement – will print a load bearing construction which will support their own weight as they work.

This enables them to begin on one bank of the canal and work their way across to the other side, printing steel as they go.

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